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Delighting in the Journey {Daybook - July 29th, 2016}

Chasing Slow
journaling my days as I delight in the journey...
July 29th, 2016

Chasing Slow

I took this photo to remember Bo's love offerings this summer. he has picked me bouquet after bouquet of wild flowers on our little homestead in Montana. 
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bedrooms are clean and pretty. well, Bo's side of the room may be a mess by now, and my teen is at camp for the week and that explains why his room is clean (I cleaned it), but I've been working hard to get rooms clean since we moved rooms around after two boys moved out. In the master bedroom, we have new cream colored sheets and the softest blanket on a foam mattress topper that makes it so comfy. several matching decorative pillows that were given to us sit on top - I saw the very same pillows on an episode of When Calls the Heart! they are charming and old fashioned (and maybe old, but I don't know). also in the room is a hundred year old arm chair with a foot stool, a treadle sewing machine for a nightstand, and two old fashioned lamps on each side of the bed that were also given to us. It's old fashioned in look, but pretty and clean and modern in that it is very minimalist, bright, and clean. 

we moved elli into the little boys old room. we put a pretty light seafoam quilt on her bed - I bought it for our log bed at our home in montana, but she loved it and it will get more use here. she is moving away from hot pink and is into coral now, which i love. they will be pretty together as we can afford to make her room pretty.

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by enjoying the little things.
"it's the sweet simple things of life that are the real ones after all." -Laura Ingalls Wilder 
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I've been spending some time with the kids at our place in Montana this summer and was able to establish a wonderful daily rhythm. we had meals at regular times, we cleaned up together, the kids spent a lot of time playing outside while I worked, and most importantly, we had a regular bedtime routine and read aloud time. it was all so peaceful and slow. my husband wants routine and structure in our home, but I realized that he is the one that upsets our rhythm the most. at home, kids are busy in camps and sports. we have late dinners. and instead of an early bedtime and read aloud, we watch an episode of Heartland on up.tv. it's all good, but when I get out of a steady rhythm, it's hard to get it back. 

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that today is my husband's last day of summer term. he took two online courses through our local college: macroeconomics and western civilizations. he has two more classes to get an associates degree and will then start working towards a bachelors. I will be happy to have my husband back until soccer season starts. maybe we can watch an earlier episode of Heartland as a family, and then I can tuck the kids in bed with a book. :-) 
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we finished reading Plum Creek a good week or two ago, but we have one small project to finish up - a 9 patch quilt square. fabric is ironed and cut, but I'm wondering if it would be a better winter project. that's when Laura and Mary worked on their quilts. 

Bo is off to a great start with All About Reading Level 1 Second Edition! I'm so pleased with the new edition! 
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by focusing on what's good about today. it's been a season of change, and change - even if it is positive can be stressful and emotional. choosing to let go of the pain and focus on the good is helping me cope.
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by learning that trusting God = resting in God. {{{game changer!!!}}} I say I trust, but do I then REST in Him? no, my heart is filled with worry and anxiety the whole time. I want to rest in God. 

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my garden is not looking good, so I'll focus on our place in Montana - 22 acres of forestland. we have the prettiest blue birds! we looked them up and they are probably mountain bluebirds. each year we see more and more signs of life. the pine trees are abundant with pine cones (a first since we've owned the land) and we have lots of little (and some big) critters. the land is healing, and the slash piles we created are homes to many small animals. 

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letting go of Jordan was easy. after two years of college and him living as an adult child in our home, he was ready and so was I. it has been much harder emotionally letting go of Nathan. the good: he is in a much better school, is playing soccer again, and is happy. we are happier. and after graduation, he will have in state tuition to attend the University of Montana. 

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of the delightful Burgess books. we are currently reading old man coyote. we have heard his howls when the moon is full and know he lives close by, but we haven't met him yet. :-)

of terra firma. very interesting. it has grounded me even more in my faith and will undoubtably change my homeschool.

of QBQ! The Questions Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life. This is a quick read (or listen on audible), but it changed me and has made my marriage and relationships better. instead of trying to change anyone, it has me asking "what can I do to make things better?" What can I do to make my marriage better, for example. I was intentional about one particular area of our relationship and it had a profound affect on our marriage. I can't wait to listen to Parenting the QBC Way

oh! and of my trim healthy mama plan, cookbook, and membership this summer. it took me about a year to get the place that I was ready to lose the 10 pounds I gained during a pregnancy that ended at 12 weeks, but I made up my mind it was time and I did it. ::yay!:: now I am holding steady and enjoying being closer to my trim. a new favorite: crepes with cottage cream, strawberries, and whipped cream - and all on plan! oh, and thank you to a few of you who shop through my thm store link. :-)

Well, I suppose I will do my sabbath meal prep and think about working on posts for Plum Creek. :-) Have a great weekend!

Until next time... 

Prairie Week 3 & 4 {Prairie Primer}

Week 3 may have been our favorite week of Prairie because we had another party. If there's not a party scheduled in Plum Creek, we may have to have one anyways. :-) Week 4 was pretty uneventful photo wise, so I'm including it here with week 3. 

 See what we are using and resources we use for more details. 

May 9th-12th & 16th-19th 

Week 3 

Day 1 

Chapter 14 - Indian Camp
Chapter 15 - Fever -N- Ague 

Instead of dying uncooked pasta as suggested, I bought beads. First, Eliana and Bo made beaded bracelets and a necklace. 

Then we made wampum belts. This was so fun that we made a mess of beads and string in the living room... for three days. 

The last unfinished one is Bo's. Malachi made several and ran off with them before I could get a picture. These were so fun to make. 

We read in The Indian How Book on how Indians found food in the forest and how they cooked their food. I'm really enjoying this book. 

I really really wanted the book Foods the Indians Gave Us and a sweet blogging friend sent it to me along with a few others. {{{{thank you}}}} Little Bears Outdoor Adventure Guide was right up Malachi's alley. We also found an illustrated book on Cowboys and Indians at the thrift store - a fun find. 

There is a Fry Bread recipe in the Native Americans Thematic Unit - so happy because that is what I had in mind for our Indian meal. There is a great place to get Indian Tacos just outside the reservation by us - they are huge! I haven't had one since I did my dental hygiene rotation on the reservation, but I used to make them at home often (but rarely now since I'm doing THM). 

We were to cook the Indian meal today, but instead we planned it for our Indian Party on Thursday, Day 4. 

The Literature lesson pointed out that Laura paints such descriptive word pictures in her writing. If only I were as careful to describe the amazing learning moments we share - I try through photos, but I am not a gifted writer and can't describe the meaning that these oral lessons bring to our learning. 

We watched several You Tube videos on malaria this week. They were automatically playing one after the other while we worked on our wampum belts, and we found one on the pathophysiology of malaria very interesting. :-) Mostly we learned that malaria is a parasite transmitted by mosquitos, so we cannot build an immunity to the disease. We can only make efforts to prevent it and treat it if it occurs. A parasite is an organism that grows on or in another organism at the host organism's expense. We later looked up natural treatments for parasites in my reference guide, the purpose of a fever, and how/when to treat a fever naturally. 

Day 2 

Chapter 16 - Fire in the Chimney
Chapter 17 - Pa Goes to Town 

Mali and Elli drew a picture of an oak leaf - a white oak and a black oak, from a collection of leaves that I had from a leaf exchange many years ago. These oak leaves came from the southwest corner of Missouri - not far from where the story takes place. I remember being amazed at how big the leaves are compared to our leaves in the north. 

Day 3

Chapter 18 - The Tall Indian 

Pa trapped and hunted a variety of animals, so we looked up how to build various traps in Living Off the Land. We also read how Indian Trails are Made in The Indian How Book. 

There were lots more illustrations in the Little Bear book. 

Animals of the Prairie 

Can you see them? Animals of the prairie often hide. :-) This is Malachi's page. He added his animals to his flowers page. There is a Great Plains toad, a Rattlesnake, a Prairie Skink, a Plains Garter snake, and a Five Lined Skink hiding in the prairie. 

Day 4 

Chapter 20 - A Scream in the Night
Chapter 21 - Indian Jamboree 

We had bean porridge cold. But, I like 'em hot too. and with potato chips. But I've never had them in a pot nine days old. (How did they even keep that long?)

Eliana and I clapped to Beans Porridge Hot like Laura and Mary did... and then every time we had beans. :-) 

We read about Indian games in The Indian How Book. 

The kids gathered all their Indian items for our party today - fringed leather jackets that I made for the older boys years ago, skins for trading, leather bags and pouches, and our new wampum belts. 

We picked out our Indian names:

Eliana was Quanah, which means "fragrant" and is perfect for her sweet personality.

Malachi was Takoda, which means "friend to everyone" (Sioux), and he does like to have a lot of friends.

Boaz was Tocho, which means "mountain lion." (Hopi) We just liked the sound of it.

Indian Party 

We had Indian Tacos with Fry Bread and all the fixings and blackberries (and cherries). 

Bo wasn't dressed up, so Elli helped him dress like an Indian, haha. 

Malachi is dressed more like a mountain man. :-) 

We played Cats Cradle (or tried to) like Laura and Mary. 

Laura drank out of a tin cup, so I bought us each a tin cup from Amazon. These are so cute. We use these while camping to make hot cocoa and around the house for drinking water and each kid is responsible for washing and taking care of their cup. 


Well, since we are learning about Indians. :-) 


The kids did archery with 4H on Sunday afternoons.

It was about time, so the kids got hair cuts this week, and a hair cut means ice cream no matter how cold it is. I often get compliments on how Bo sits so still to get his hair cut. ;-)

Week 4 

I thought this original article was so neat to read for one of our lessons this week:

The New York Times headline, Published: August 24, 1862:
THE INDIAN MASSACRES.; Terrible Scenes of Death and Misery in Minnesota. Five Hundred Whites Supposed to be Murdered. The Sioux Bands United Against the Whites. FORT RIDGELEY IN DANGER 

We read from Frontier Home - such a cool tie in to the end of the book.

I loved that old stout door with the latch string - Pa left the latch string out in case a traveler needed shelter for the night. 

I have a note to myself to show you something from the World of Little House, but I didn't take a picture.

 I really love this book. 

See, it was a really short week on photos - mostly reading and discussion, which is wonderful. 

Jordan graduated from college this week. Yay! I still can't believe he's done. He finished with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology with a Certificate in Diesel Tech. He also made the honor roll this semester. :-) 

He was right in the front row. 

His dad hosted a BBQ for him, for which I was thankful because I hosted a family reunion the very next weekend. 

So proud and happy for you Jordan. :-)